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  • Address: Ernest Giles Road, Kings Canyon
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Watarrka National Park

Watarrka National Park protects one of the Northern Territory's most legendary destinations, Kings Canyon.

It's a rocky red desert park of rugged geological formations and sheer-edged sandstone gorges plummeting to waterholes and unexpected oases of cycad palms.

Walking trails lead to lookouts for views over the canyon, and there are picnic tables at the sunset-viewing area and Kathleen Springs.

The overnight Giles Track takes you along the top of the range from springs to canyon, while the much easier Kathleen Springs walk takes 1.5 hours and is recommended for families.

To get the most out of your visit to Watarrka National Park, take a guided walk with a ranger or guide to learn about the spiritual significance of this land for the local Anangu people.

Practical Info

Watarrka National Park is 450 km (280 miles) south-west of Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway or Larapinta Drive. It’s around 300 km (186 miles) north-east of Ayers Rock (Uluru).

The best time to visit is in the cooler months of April to September.

Tours & Tickets

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Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Travel into the heart of Australia on a Kings Canyon day trip from Ayers Rock. Your journey takes you to a classic outback cattle station at Kings Creek ...  Read more

Location: Ayers Rock, Australia
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon

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Discover Uluru, Kings Canyon and Alice Springs on this 3-day tour starting at Ayers Rock and ending in Alice Springs. Explore Australia's great Central Desert ...  Read more

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Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $598.34

4-Day 4WD Camping Tour: Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon

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Spend your days hiking, swimming and exploring, and sleep under the southern stars on a four-day Australian outback camping tour. Traveling by off-road 4WD ...  Read more

Location: Alice Springs, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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2-Day Tour to Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon from Alice Springs

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